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Hand Hygiene and Respiratory EtiquetteHand Hygiene Hand washing frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is an effective prevention method to reduce transmission of COVID-19. When soap and water is not available, students will use hand sanitizer. BEGIN NOW: Students and staff get in the habit of frequent hand washing at home: before and after meals, before touching face, after using the bathroom, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing nose. Teachers will incorporate hand washing practices throughout the school day. Click here to learn proper hand hygiene practices! Respiratory Etiquette Practicing Proper Respiratory Etiquette: 1. cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue 2. throw used tissues in the trash AND 3. wash hands using hand washing protocols or hand sanitizer after coughing or sneezing. Tissue not available? Cough or sneeze into your elbow!
Face CoveringsAugust 27, 2020 Face Covering Protocols Cloth face masks are required for all grades K-6. For K-2 students, classroom teachers will determine when all students are appropriately seated at desks and able to remove masks for various periods of classroom instruction. For students demonstrating difficulty wearing face covering in the areas or situations shown below, we will assist the child and communicate with the family. See this link with information to share with your child/ren about wearing masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html Face Covering Protocols: K-6: At Mass - in Church Masks On K-6: Transition time - Masks On K-6: Hallways (restroom break, lockers, passing time) - Masks On K-6: Lunchroom - Once seated at tables, masks removed while eating K-6: PE - During activities while safely distanced - masks optional K-6: Recess - Outdoors - masks optional K-6: Class Outside - When students safely distanced - masks optional K-2: In Classroom - Students at desks 6 feet apart; masks optional. Students within 6 feet; masks on. 3-6: In Classroom - Masks on while in classroom. Teachers will offer periodic safe and appropriate 'mask breaks' as needed. K-6: Arrival time - Masks On K-6: Carline Dismissal - Masks on until inside vehicle ________________________________________________________________________ On July 22, 2020, the Walz Administration, through Executive Order 20-81, required that all K-12 students, including Catholic school students, wear face coverings inside the school building. In our desire to work collaboratively with public officials and in the spirit of public health and the common good, St. Bart’s will develop protocols that meet the requirements of the Executive Order with a reasonable and thoughtful approach to wearing face coverings in school. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is working with the Walz Administration to give schools greater flexibility to ensure educational quality and the health and wellbeing of their students and community. It is also our expectation that our Catholic school students will be able to share equitably in the services and funding the Governor has made available to all Minnesota students, which includes access to both cloth and re-usable face coverings. This is a difficult issue and not the way a number of schools planned to start the school year. We are grateful for your continued patience and flexibility as we work to keep our students, teachers, and community healthy and safe as we prepare for in-person learning. What this Order means for your child (based on what we know today): • All K-12 students are required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth. Coverings must be free of writing or distracting designs. • A face shield (clear plastic shield worn in front of the face) may be used for students who cannot wear a face mask. • Teachers will be instructed in proper techniques for wearing facemasks and will use positive behavioral strategies to encourage the safe wearing of facemasks in school. • Students will not be required to wear face coverings during recess, physical education class or lunch. St Bart's Families should anticipate that our face covering protocols must allow for modifications and flexibility according to the ages and developmental needs of our students. We ask you to work with your children and make a good-faith effort to help your child wear a facemask. Parents may opt to send their child to school with a face shield if wearing a face mask is not possible. We will work to make reasonable accommodations for students unable to wear a face covering for reasons associated with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability which make it unreasonable for the child to wear a face covering. In the weeks ahead, we will communicate with families to provide additional and updated information.
Signs and MessagingSt. Bart's School signage and messaging will remind students and staff about the importance of: Hand Hygiene Respiratory Etiquette How to properly wear face coverings Social Distancing Cleaning
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